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first_img(AP photos) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling It’s been a minute since the Arizona Cardinals last went to the Super Bowl. By a minute, we mean a decade.The 2008 season feels just like yesterday, and the folks at The Ringer are celebrating a weird, wacky NFL season this week as the 2018 preseason begins 10 years later. On Friday, The Ringer published a 2008 NFL re-draft.Because 2008 was such an important year for the Cardinals, a lot stands out from the exercise. Bringing up David Johnson, a third-round pick in 2015, is a nice way to circle back to the Cardinals-angled theme brought up in The Ringer’s re-draft.And that’s the fact that the Cardinals have pulled off some pretty nice middle-round draft heists in the last decade. That’s because before going to the Super Bowl at the end of the 2008 season, Arizona used its second-round pick at 50th overall to select Miami defensive end Calais Campbell. Still going strong for the Jacksonville Jaguars a decade later after spending his first nine years with the Cardinals, Campbell went second overall to the St. Louis Rams in The Ringer’s re-draft.The big, 6-foot-8, 300-pound defensive lineman out of Miami (originally chosen by the Cardinals with the 50th overall pick) is as disruptive as they come: He’s collected 71.0 sacks, 45 pass deflections, 11 forced fumbles, and three picks in his 10-year career, winning All-Pro honors three times (two second team, one first team). He finished tied for second in the league in sacks last year (14.5) for the Jaguars at 31 years old.Taking Campbell off the board second after quarterback Matt Ryan, who went No. 1 to the Miami Dolphins, would have obviously changed the Cardinals’ fortunes.Related LinksThe 5: Things to watch in the Arizona Cardinals’ preseason openerCardinals refresh game day reminders for home opener vs. RedskinsIn the real 2008 draft, Arizona selected Tennessee State cornerback Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie 16th overall, tapping into the small school pipeline before taking Campbell with its second pick.Cromartie was by no means a bust, playing in 16 games in each of his three years with the Cardinals and picking up 10 interceptions in his first two seasons before he was traded to Philadelphia in a deal for quarterback Kevin Kolb. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 1 Comments   Share   Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact While his career is still going — Rodgers-Cromartie has been working out as a free agent for teams this week — The Ringer has better ideas for the Cardinals if they were to hop back in the time machine.How about taking East Carolina running back Chris Johnson with that No. 16 pick?CJ2K is known mostly for his 2,006-yard, 14-touchdown sophomore campaign, but he enjoyed a long and productive career well after that seminal season. In all, he racked up 9,651 yards on the ground, another 2,255 yards as a receiver, and 64 touchdowns. He could’ve been an excellent complement to Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin in the Kurt Warner–led offense.That might’ve added just a little more offensive punch in Super Bowl XLIII, which Arizona lost to the Steelers, 27-23, after producing just 33 total rushing yards in the game. Johnson was a 1,000-yard back in his first six years, all of which were spent with the Tennessee Titans after he went 24th overall in the 2008 draft.Of course, the Cardinals got a late taste of CJ2K from 2015-17, the final years of his career. He rushed for 814 yards in 11 games of 2015 before suffering a season-ending injury, opening the door for Arizona’s new star back, David Johnson.last_img read more

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Connected TV platforms are too complicated and are

first_imgConnected TV platforms are too complicated and are deterring consumer from using services, according to BBC iPlayer general manager Daniel Danker.Speaking at the Digital Television Group (DTG) summit in London this morning, Danker said the bulk of growth in the use of iPlayer was now on connected TVs. While iPlayer on PC grew by 14% and iPlayer on tablets grew by 580%, use of the service on TVs grew by over 1,000%.However, he said, “The majority of this growth came from operator services that have nicely integrated processes, with no need to fumble with the remote or switch between menu systems.”In total, use of iPlayer on the iPad was still four times that of connected TV, despite the far higher penetration of connected devices, he said. There was an urgent need to make connected TV services more user-friendly, he said.“This for us means a renewed focus on the red button,” said Danker. “In the UK red button services allow us to reach an audience that has no interest in watching our services on a computer.”Danker said that access to iPlayer from the living room screen had grown to 2.6 million homes. “However, if we are going to bring the connected TV experience to audiences, it must be simple. We know will have succeeded when the technology becomes invisible,” he said.last_img read more

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Whatever is going on behind the scenes will become

first_imgWhatever is going on behind the scenes will become public knowledge when “da Boyz” deem it necessary Once gold began to trade in the Far East on their Wednesday, it didn’t take long before ten bucks got tacked onto the price…and another five spot was added later in the Hong Kong afternoon going into the 8:00 a.m. BST London open. Of course it got sold down after that, with the low in Europe coming about 12:30 p.m. in London…thirty minutes after the noon silver fix.  The gold price rallied anew at the 8:20 a.m. Comex open, but that got cut off at the knees thirty minutes later.  From there, gold got sold down to its New York low, which came minutes after 1:00 p.m. EDT.  The subsequent rally lasted almost to the close of electronic trading…an event as rare as a blue moon. The high tick of the day came around 8:50 a.m. Eastern time…and Kitco recorded that as $1,435.30 spot. Gold closed on Wednesday at $1,431.50 spot…up $17.90 on the day. Surprisingly enough, gross volume was pretty light…at least comparatively speaking…at ‘only’ 152,000 contracts. It was pretty much the same price pattern for silver in Far East trading on Wednesday…with the high tick of the day coming at 3:00 p.m. Hong Kong time, which corresponded to the 8:00 a.m. London open. Like gold, it was all down hill from there, with the low of the day coming at a slightly earlier than normal London silver fix.  The subsequent rally ran into a not-for-profit seller at the London p.m. gold fix…10:00 a.m. in New York. From there, silver got sold off until around 11:30 a.m. EDT…and more or less traded sideways from that point into the Comex close for silver, which is 1:25 p.m. in New York.  Then away the price went to the upside until precisely 4:00 p.m. Eastern…and then it traded flat into the 5:15 p.m. electronic close. From its low to its high, silver traded in a price range of just over 50 cents. Silver closed yesterday at $23.16 spot…up 22 cents from Tuesday.  Net volume, once all the roll-overs out of the May delivery month were subtracted, was a hair under 25,000 contracts….which wasn’t a lot. Sponsor Advertisement I have a few more stories than normal today, so I hope you can find the time to read them all, or feel free to edit ruthlessly.  You choose. False is the idea of utility that sacrifices a thousand real advantages for one imaginary or trifling inconvenience; that would take fire from men because it burns, and water because one may drown in it; that has no remedy for evils except destruction. The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. — Cesare Beccaria, as quoted by Thomas Jefferson’s Commonplace Book The situation is so fluid in the precious metal markets at the moment that it’s hard to get a ‘big picture’ perspective.  The only ones in the know would be the Big 3 bullion banks…and their associated partners-in-crime at the Fed, the Treasury, the Exchange Stabilization Fund…and the BIS.  All we can do is sift through the clues that are left hanging around…whether it be in the Comex inventories…or the GLD and SLV ETFs.  I don’t consider the latest COT Report to be of any use, because it’s obvious [at least to me] that the data in the Commercial and Non-Commercial categories is bogus.  But if the data in the Nonreportable category can be used as a guide, the real data in these other two categories would be one for the record books…and still may be a work in progress by JPMorgan et al. There’s no way of knowing for sure, of course…and any comments that I [and others] may have, would certainly fall into the speculative category…even if it consists of an educated guess.  Whatever is going on behind the scenes will become public knowledge when “da Boyz” deem it necessary…or when the physical or paper markets force their hand. It has always been said that the precious metal equities will always forewarn of a pending move in the gold price, as the ‘smart money’…which I call insider trading…take their positions for the next move up.  I’d like to think/hope/pray that yesterday was a precursor to that event…but only time will tell. All four precious metals caught a bid in the Globex session in early Far East trading on their Thursday, but silver got smacked back down to almost unchanged by the time that London opened.  Volumes are about the same as Wednesday at this time of day.  Most gold volume is of the high-frequency trading variety…but surprisingly enough, there is big roll-over action in silver as the large players have to be out of their May positions [unless they’re standing for delivery] by the end of the day…or possibly Friday at the latest.  The dollar index isn’t doing a lot as of 4:13 a.m. Eastern time. And as I hit the ‘send’ button at 5:15 a.m. Eastern time, gold is still trading flat after its rally in the Far East…and is up about fifteen bucks from Wednesday’s close…and silver is up fourteen cents. Because of that lack of price action, volumes are only slightly above what they were an hour or so ago. The dollar index is now down about 27 basis points. We certainly do live in interesting times…and the rest of the month’s trading/price activity could get interesting. That’s more than enough for today…and I’ll see you here tomorrow. The dollar index closed on Tuesday at 83.02…and when it opened in Far East trading on Wednesday morning, immediately began to chop lower…and finished the Wednesday trading session in New York at 82.94…down 8 whole basis points.  Nothing to see here. The first three bookmarks on my computer are the Kitco silver and gold charts, followed immediately by the HUI chart…and I check them in that order when I first get on the Internet.  After looking at the gold and silver charts after I got up late yesterday morning, I certainly wasn’t prepared for what I saw when the HUI chart popped up, as it had gapped up over 3 percent at the open…and never looked back from there, although it was obvious that some of the day trader types took profits as they closed out their positions in the last minutes of trading. Very deep pockets were buying everything in sight yesterday…and that process accelerated once Comex trading closed at 1:30 p.m. EDT.  The HUI finished the day up 6.98 percent…and one can only hope that the buyers were insiders…as they’re always tipped off as to what’s coming. (Click on image to enlarge) The CME Daily Delivery Report, updated very late yesterday evening, showed that 98 gold and 3 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Friday within the Comex-approved depositories.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. Another day, another decline in GLD.  This time it was ‘only’ 135,398 troy ounces…and as of 10:13 p.m. EDT, there were no reported changes in SLV. The U.S. Mint had another sales report yesterday.  They sold a very chunky 13,000 ounces of gold eagles…along with a smallish 1,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and zero silver eagles. Tuesday was a big day in silver over at the Comex-approved depositories, as they reported receiving a chunky 1,521,690 troy ounces of the stuff…and only shipped 17,637 troy ounces out the door.  The link to that activity is here. In gold there were more withdrawals from the Comex-approved depositories on Tuesday.  They reported receiving 852 troy ounces…and shipped 238,716 troy ounces out the door.  You have to ask yourself where this gold is headed…and why.  The link to that activity is here. It was another ‘quiet’ day at the bullion store yesterday…with ‘quiet’ being a relative term compared to last week at this time.  ‘Quiet’ will translate into another record year for the store if this keeps up…and we’re sort of hoping that it doesn’t get any busier, as we just can’t handle over-the-top volume/traffic every day.  Neither can the wholesalers or the mints…and they’re still not taking orders, which is truly unprecedented in this industry.  If it’s this bad from our vantage point in the retail world, one can only imagine what it looks like from the wholesale/mint perspective. At 8:30 p.m. yesterday evening, I fired off an e-mail to Bron Suchecki at The Perth Mint, where it was already 10:30 a.m. on Thursday morning…and asked him this question: “G’Day Bron…What’s happening in Oz in the precious metals world that’s fit to print in tomorrow’s column?”  Less than half an hour later I go this response… Hi Ed, With the [current production] issues at the RCM and US Mints, we are now starting to get hit with good orders from distributors, so we have prioritised manufacture of 1 oz. and kilo silver coins over our Lunar Snake coins so we can maximise the total amount of ounces we can supply. This is great news as that means more physical being taken off market. That does lead me to the next point…which is buyers really need to go for the cheapest physical they can…and be a bit more flexible on who makes it…or go from coins to bars. Paying high premiums just because you want a certain brand or bar size just means your money buys less ounces, which takes less ounces off the market. Regards, Bron Suchecki And finally…here is commentary from Ross Norman over at the renowned SharpsPixley.com Internet site that was posted there yesterday…and this is courtesy of reader ‘David in California’… “There an oddity about GOLD at the moment with phenomenal physical demand in Asia, US and Europe, while the actual spot prices languishes. We have written before about the strange disconnect between paper and physical demand – with the former bearish yet the latter bullish – but rarely has there been such a clear divergence. “Over the last few days on SharpsPixley.com we have many run stories about this … Dubai running short of physical, US Mint selling out of smaller denomination bars, coins and bars flying off the shelves in India and China and queues outside leading gold sellers such as Degussa in Germany. The effect has been a massive drawdown in physical metal which has, by and large, caught the gold refineries and some stockists by surprise. It seems that the current buying in Europe is a delayed response to the Cyprus crisis, prompted by the price correction.  “Quite evidently it has been the sharp sell off on the gold futures (COMEX) a week ago that precipitated the price decline and drew out the physical buyers. While there remains stock of the traded inter-market London ‘good delivery’ bars weighing in at 400 ounces each (with a purity of 99.5%+), these would set an investor back about $570,000 each. However, for investment sized bars the market is drying up rapidly. Amongst the coins, the maples and Krugerrand are moving fast with premiums having just doubled and now typically trading at about 8% over the spot price. Meanwhile the wait for new 0.9999 kilobars from the refineries (cost about $48,000 each) would entail a wait of over 1 month – there are however some modest stocks of second-hand kilobars.  “While much of the buying in Europe has centered on Germany and Switzerland, there are also encouraging signs of good interest from UK retail investors who seem to be awakening to the notion of having gold in their savings. Google searches for the keyword “gold price” is rising to near record levels confirming what we are seeing in the markets. “So, what does this tell us about gold ? To us, this is firstly a clear signal that the price correction has sparked latent interest for those who have wanted to enter the market – the current price represents an excellent entry point. Secondly, the fact that investors are going for physical over paper gold extends the argument that investors are increasingly wary of financial institutions, just as they are of the debasement of currencies.  “In 2008 and 2010 the physical markets dried up and deliveries were extended out to about 2 or 3 months at the retail level – if the current buying persists there is every reason to expect a recurrence… or worse.”  END Here’s your “cute quota” for the day… It was the same for the silver stocks…and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up 6.39%.  But, like the gold equities, these gains aren’t really that impressive considering the lows that these stocks are rising from.  But it’s a start. Drilling Intersects 102 Meters of 1.97 gpt Gold at Columbus Gold’s Paul Isnard Gold Project; Drilling Confirms Depth Extension of Gold Mineralization Columbus Gold Corporation (CGT: TSX-V) (“Columbus Gold”) is pleased to announce results of the initial five (5) core drill holes at its Paul Isnard gold project in French Guiana. The holes confirm depth extension of gold mineralization below shallow holes drilled on the 43-101 compliant 1.9 million ounce Montagne d’Or inferred gold deposit at Paul Isnard in the 1990’s and support the current program of resource expansion through offsetting open-ended gold mineralization indicated by the earlier holes. Robert Giustra, CEO of Columbus Gold, commented: “These drill results validate Columbus Gold’s approach to adding ounces with a lower-risk drilling program designed to infill and to extend the mineralized zones to 200 m vertical depth from surface; a depth amenable to open pit mining.”  Fourteen (14) holes have been completed (assays pending) by Columbus Gold in the current program and drilling is progressing at the rate of about 3,000 meters per month with one drill-rig on a 24 hour basis. Columbus Gold plans to accelerate the current program by engaging a second drill-rig as soon as one can be obtained.  Please visit our website for more information about the project.last_img read more

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In This Issue   Bias to buy dollars remains

first_imgIn This Issue. *  Bias to buy dollars remains. *  Eurozone Confidence soars to 2-year high! *  Norwegian Retail Sales fall 1.3%. *  Canada’s Current Account Deficit widens. And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! A Curious Upward Revision in U.S. GDP. Good day. And a Happy Friday to one and all! It’s bound to be a Fantastico Friday, for a number of reasons. Let’s see. front and center, it’s the kick-off  of a 3-day holiday weekend. And, for those of us that get paid on the 15th & 30th, this is payday! Of which, I would rather receive one than eat one! (although it is a tasty candy bar!)  It’s also the end of a very long week for me, as I’ve been running hot & cold. This morning hasn’t started out good, in that regard, but. It can only get better from here! (See that’s me!, always looking forward to what’s ahead!) And today, could also be a little strange with the asset classes as the volume will go stealth around noon today, as the boys and girls in NY head to the Hamptons around noon. So be careful out there this morning..  And what the heck, why not just close the computer down (after reading the Pfennig of course!), close the books, and start your Labor Day Holiday early?  Sounds like a plan. and I love it when a plan comes together! The currencies are weaker again this morning, although most of the losses in value were booked yesterday. The U.S. surprised the markets with their ability to cook the books enough so that an upward revision in GDP didn’t look so curious to them. Of course it looked very curious to me, but then what else did I expect? The Fed Heads are bound and determined to get the unwinding of their latest bubble blowing machine started before they are unable to ever do it. And they would LOVE for the economic data to show the world that they are right to start tapering. It doesn’t matter that no one questioned how 2nd QTR GDP jumped from 1.7% in the first print to 2.5% in the 2nd print! Isn’t that just a little bit too much good, given the economic reports that started in March to be questionable at best?  Of course it is. But the media is living with the wool pulled over their eyes, and have no gumption to remove the wool. Isn’t it a shame? Well, I got my blood going good writing that, and listening to Edwyn Collins sing his song, “A Girl Like You”. That one will get your bopping in your chair!   Ok. back to the serious stuff!  I was interviewed by Kate Gibson of MarketWatch yesterday, she wanted to know  what I thought the reaction of the stock market would be after the GDP report. Now mind you, this was before the stock market opened. So, I checked the stock futures and they were only up .3%… So, I told her that I would think the stock jockeys would be torn between two things (like torn between two lovers). Normally, stock jockeys would love a strong GDP report. But with this report being the last GDP report before the Fed Heads meet in September, one would think that this could be the straw that stirs their tapering drink, and any talk of tapering hasn’t been for stocks..  Well, stocks ended the day up on the day. So, now the stock jockeys don’t think the Fed Heads can taper? I doubt it. They know it’s like California dreaming, it’s becoming a reality. A dear long time reader sent me a note yesterday and said that it’s not just me that people don’t want to come to listen to anymore, CNBC’s ratings are at a 20-year low. And just to throw gas on this fire. I saw over at zerohedge.com that they call the stock market the, ” Federal Reserve sponsored equity market” HAHAHAHAHAHA!   U.S. equity trading volume in August is the lowest on average in 16 years!  Where are the investors going? I wish I could say that bank deposits are soaring. but the money’s not there either. And we know that Treasuries now are treated like persona non gratis. So, in the words of Jerry Maguire. Show Me The Money! The euro is trying to hold on and stop the sliding this morning, and reports like the markets got on the European Confidence should help.  Economic Confidence in the Eurozone soared to a 2-year high this month, as the Consumer sentiment index rose from 92.5 in July to 95.2 in August. Earlier this week we had a positive IFO report on Business Confidence, so things are looking brighter for the Eurozone, which just recently climbed out of the recession hole they had fallen into about 2 years ago. The Eurozone economy, as a whole, but led by Germany of course, is gathering steam. And with each of these stronger reports, the fears of another rate cut, which was probably about to be made at the last European Central Bank (ECB) meeting, are erased. And that’s good for the euro, folks.. Norway received so not so good data this morning, as Retail Sales for July fell -1.3%, and the Unemployment rate remained steady at 2.8%… (it was expected to drop!) So the krone isn’t participating in the euro’s attempt to stop the sliding. I had a dear reader ask me about the krone, and whether he should bail or batten down the hatches. Well, you know me, I can’t really tell someone what to do, but I can give you my opinion, which can be wrong (my wife loves when I have to type that!)  But, I don’t know how long you’ve held krone. You could have huge gains in the currency or be seeing some red. But either way. are you diversifying your investment portfolio? Or just seeking currency gains?  To me, the only reason to do all this is to diversify your investment portfolio so that not all of the portfolio is denominated in dollars. In doing so, you provide a hedge against further dollar depreciation, which won’t be a one-way street, and you could see losses at times.  But you could also see currency gains on your hedge, and that would be like icing on the cake!  Remember, dollar weakness is equal to loss of purchasing power for the dollar holder. So, you have to read between the lines, but I think I told you what you wanted to know about holding krone. In Canada yesterday, we saw their Current Account Deficit widen, which I had thought would not be good for the loonie, and it wasn’t. Today, we’ll see the color of Canada’s 2nd QTR GDP.  I think we’ll see their 2nd QTR GDP come in around 1.7%, which is where the U.S.’s should have been before going through the donut maker.  Hmmm donuts. I think I’m doing my best Homer Simpson here, but my new taste for sweets, which I never really had before, but do now, has me thinking of donuts this morning. I’m just saying. The Brazilian real saw more strength yesterday. Twice this week the Brazilian Central Bank (BCB) has come to the aid of the real, first announcing a $60 Billion line to be used in intervention to defend the real, and then the 50 basis points rate hike I talked about yesterday. The double barrel shotgun approach has done wonders for the real which had fallen to a low of 2.4545 just a week ago to a recovering level of 2.36 this morning. (remember, real is a European priced currency, so as the price goes down, the value goes up!)  Of course 2.36 is still a long way away from the lofty numbers the real used to have associated to it. But a positive move is still better than opening a bag of bees. Gold is down $12 this morning, and has fallen back below $1,400. The Bloomberg has two stories this morning with different takes on Gold. the first one says, “Gold cuts monthly advance on speculation Fed will slow stimulus.”  And then that’s followed by one that says, “Gold trade most Bullish since March on Syria Crisis.”  So. what’s it gonna be boy? And just to repeat something I talked about yesterday, the miners in S. Africa have confirmed that they will go on strike on Monday. Hello, price manipulators? Yes, It’s Chuck calling again to harass you. I just want to ask you a question. How can you explain to regulators your ever expanding short positions, with the largest Gold producing country going on strike, thus limiting the supply of Gold?  Come on Lucy, you’ve got some ‘xplainin’ to do! The U.S. data cupboard will yield July readings of Personal Income & Spending this morning to end our week. I’m certain that once again, we’ll see that we spend more than we make. But think about this spending thing. I had a dealer friend (hi Shauna!) ask me if I thought everything in the world was OK now (with GDP up 2.5%)   and I said, “No. it’s all manipulated, cooked, and rolled out to make everyone happy so they’ll go and spend money on flat screen TV’s” . spend, spend, spend. That’s what would make the Fed Heads & the Gov’t happy. And it will make you happy too, until you realize that you could have bought Gold instead of another flat screen TV for your house that already has 6 TV’s! For What It’s Worth. It’s all me today folks. I’ve been doing a lot of deep thinking. (for my close circle of friends, we all know that means, right Kevin?)  I mentioned the Fed’s Bubble Blowing machine up top. and that’s the focus of my soap box speech today. Are you ready?  Here goes. OK. Several times over the past few years I’ve listed the things that Fed Head James Bullard was quoted as saying were the benefits of QE.  you know, lower rates, higher asset prices, and a lower dollar. But you know the one thing that he failed to list, and the one thing that the Fed refuses to admit they were a part of, is the bubble in Emerging Markets.  Unintended Consequences, I’ll call it.  You see, by keeping rates ultra-low, investors sought out higher yielding places to invest. Remember what I always say, money goes where it’s treated best.  Those places were the Emerging Markets.   So, with the fear of removing QE, the markets are automatically of the belief that interest rates will rise. Shoot Rudy, after Big Ben first muttered the word “taper”  Treasury yields have risen over 100 Basis points in the 10-year.  was that a sell the rumor buy the fact trade? I doubt it. Should the Fed really go through with tapering, I would think Treasury yields will continue to rise, and that will draw more money home to (where it’s treated best) The Fed tried very diligently to explain the difference between tapering and keeping their interest rates low, but the markets aren’t buying it. And the bond traders are taking back the responsibility of Treasury yields from the Fed. So, what does this all mean for the Emerging Markets? Well, it’s my opinion, and of course I could be wrong, that while suffering now, and in the near future, that the Emerging Markets will recover. First, without the off the charts growth, the Current Account Deficits they all have gained, will begin to narrow, and that will be a good thing going forward. Then organic growth in the countries, will take over, and within a few years, the Emerging Markets will be back to leading the world in growth.   And as far as the Fed’s Bubble Blowing machine goes. You know the Fed Heads refused to admit that they had anything to do with the Tech Bubble, or the Housing Bubble, but we all know what caused those, for I’ve explained it to you so many times in the past, that you probably could give the presentation on The Fed’s Bubbles instead of me!  Bill Fleckenstein wrote a great book about 7 years ago, called “Greenspan’s Bubbles. The Age of Ignorance at the Fed”.  Just in case you need some additional proof of what I tell you. And that ends today’s dissertation on what the Fed is doing to the Emerging Markets, I hope you enjoyed it. I’ll be back next week with more, so until then, Have Fun! To Recap. The bias to buy dollars remains throughout the currencies and metals this morning, although most of the value was transferred to dollars yesterday. Today could be strange with the boys and girls in NY heading to the Hamptons around noon today. Eurozone Confidence printed strong thus confirming the recovery is gathering pace. Gold falls back below $1,400, and the markets are torn on where to go with Gold. They should just ask me, I’ll tell them! Currencies today 8/30/13. American Style: A$ .8935, kiwi .7770, C$ .95, euro 1.3245, sterling 1.5505, Swiss $1.0755, . European Style: rand 10.3125, krone 6.11, SEK 6.6080, forint 227.05, zloty 3.2170, koruna 19.4180, RUB 33.24, yen 98.25, sing 1.2745, HKD 7.7555, INR 65.70, China 6.1709, pesos 13.30, BRL 2.3590, Dollar Index 81.95, Oil $107.85, 10-year 2.77%, Silver $23.69, Platinum $1,513.40, Palladium $728.58, and Gold. $1,395.12. and here’s the link to take a peek at the U.S. Debt Clock. click here. That’s it for today. Happy Birthday to my old latte’ Buddy, Michelle. She dropped me like a bad habit a few years ago, but I don’t hold that against her! HAHAHAHAHAHA!  (She didn’t drop me, I just stopped going, because I couldn’t drink coffee at that time) College Football began last night, and my beloved Missouri Tigers will play tomorrow night. I wish them well on their 2nd season in the SEC. I’ll be putting the Big Green Egg to the test this weekend. I can’t wait ! I love to have the smoker going early in the morning. I know sounds like Robert Duval in the Vietnam movie, when he said, ” I love the smell of napalm in the morning”.  But no! I love apple wood smoking filling the backyard with great aroma. It’s the little things that make me happy folks.  And with that, I’ll get this out the door. Thank you so much for reading the Pfennig, and I also thank all of you who send me notes applauding what I’ve written from time to time.  Just being myself. Now, it’s payday, it’s the kickoff of a 3-day holiday weekend, and it’s Friday, let’s go out and make it a Fantastico Friday!  Ready, Set, Go! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837last_img read more

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first_img Sponsor Advertisement Platinum and palladium weren’t spared, either—and both closed down on the day as well.  Platinum by seventeen bucks—and palladium by 7 dollars.  Here are the charts. The dollar index closed at 80.38 on Friday in New York—and chopped quietly higher throughout the entire Monday trading session, finishing the day at 80.63—up 25 basis points on the day. I have a decent number of stories for you today—and the final edit is yours. What should be seen as being beyond doubt is that COMEX positioning is the price driver in silver and gold. Nothing else even comes close. We went down in price this past week and on every previous price sell-off because the technical funds got snookered into selling on price signals rigged by the commercials. We will go up when the technical funds have sold all they can sell and then begin to buy. No one knows the day of the price turn up in advance, but it will come—and should most likely come soon, given the extreme COT readings, particularly in silver.  – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 31 May 2014 It was a low volume, nothing sort of day in both gold and silver on Monday.  Low volume or not, one shouldn’t overlook the fact that a new low price tick for this move down was set in both metals during the Hong Kong afternoon trading session—and the price of both got sold down once the London p.m. gold “fix” was in. Here are the 6-month charts for both gold and silver so you can see the “slicing of the salami” to the downside that’s been going on day after day. The gold stocks opened down a bit, but rallied back into positive territory on the rally going into the London p.m. gold fix.  Once the gold price got capped, the stocks sold off as well, hitting their lows of the day at 2 p.m.—the moment that the gold price stopped falling.  From there they rallied quietly in the close—and finished down 0.60%. A new low price tick for this move down was set in both metals The gold price got sold down the moment that trading began in New York on Sunday evening.  The HFT boyz took the price down to its low tick of the day shortly after 2 p.m. Hong Kong time—a new low for this move down—and the rally that began at that point got capped at the London p.m. gold fix.  From there it got sold down until 2 p.m. EDT in electronic trading—and it didn’t do much after that. The high and lows ticks were reported by the CME Group as $1,251.00 and $1,241.10 in the August contract. Gold finished the Monday session at $1,243.50 spot, down another $7.80 from Friday’s close.  Volume, net of June and July, was pretty light at only 90,000 contracts. The CME Daily Delivery Report for Day 3 of the June delivery month in gold showed that 7 gold and 81 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Wednesday. So far this month, only 99 gold contracts have been posted for delivery.  I don’t know what to make of that—and I forgot to ask Ted Butler about it when I spoke to him on the phone yesterday.  In silver, the largest short/issuer was Jefferies once again with 70 contracts—and the three largest long/stoppers were JPMorgan, Scotiabank and Barclays. The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. There were no reported changes in GLD yesterday—and as of 7:31 p.m. EDT yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV, either.  But when I checked the iShares.com Internet site at 3:02 a.m. EDT this morning, much to my surprise, there had been a very chunky deposit of 2,401,285 troy ounces reported.  One can safely assume, based on the recent price action, that this was deposited to cover an existing short position. The U.S. Mint had a smallish sales report yesterday.  They sold 4,500 troy ounces of gold eagles—1,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes—100 platinum eagles—and zero silver eagles. In gold over at the Comex-approved depositories on Friday, they reported receiving 32,147 troy ounces—all of which went into the warehouse over at HSBC USA. In silver, there was 601,134 troy ounces reported received—and 62,199 troy ounces reported shipped out.  The big receipt went into Brink’s, Inc. Here are a couple of charts courtesy of Nick Laird.  They are the intraday price movement for both gold and silver during the month of May.  As you tell, the charts are very similar, with the major inflection points in both coming at the 8 a.m. London open, the London noon silver fix—and the 1:30 p.m. EDT Comex close. In Tuesday trading in the Far East, not much happened price-wise in either gold or silver up until 1 p.m. Hong Kong time.  Then both popped a bit, however it remains to be seen if this develops into anything as the trading progresses in London and New York. And as I write this paragraph, the London open is five minutes away—and volumes in both metals are on the lighter side.  The dollar index is basically flat. Today, at the 1:30 p.m. Comex close, is the cut-off for this Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report.  Providing nothing untoward happens to the upside in price during Tuesday trading, it’s a given that the numbers in the COT Report will be another one for the record books, particularly in silver. And as I hit the send button on today’s column an hour after the London open, all four precious metals are in the plus column.  Gold and silver volumes are up some more, but not by alarming amounts—and the dollar index is down a handful of basis points. I’m off to bed early, as I have a plane to catch later this morning—and I’ll see you here tomorrow. The silver price action was very similar to gold’s, so I shall spare you the details—except to note that silver also touched a new low price for this move down as well. The high and low for silver were recorded as $18.87 and $18.65 in the July contract. Silver closed in New York yesterday at $18.76 spot, down 5 cents from Friday.  Net volume was also pretty light at only 22,500 contracts. The price path of the silver equities was almost the same as the gold stocks, except for the fact that Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down 1.04%. Learn how the government and the Fed are looting your accumulated wealth – Get this free issue of Robert Prechter’s Theorist now >>last_img read more

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Last updated on July 2nd 2019 at 0920 pmThe Wate

first_imgLast updated on July 2nd, 2019 at 09:20 pmThe Water Council has announced the first-round winners of its Tech Challenge, which aims to find new freshwater technology ideas that could be commercialized. Each has received $10,000 from the program’s corporate sponsors.This is the first edition of the rapid innovation competition, each of which will have a theme chosen by corporate sponsors that have problems seeking solutions. The contest was open to anyone worldwide, with applications accepted from November to January for ideas around water sensors, filtration and disinfection.The winners are: Illinois-based ANDalyze, which makes real-time water contaminant measurement tools for the Heavy Metal Sensors Challenge; and Arizona-based Burge Environmental Inc., which makes a real-time direct microbial sensor technology, for the Biological/DBP Sensor Challenge. The corporate sponsors were Milwaukee-based water heater manufacturer A.O. Smith Corp.; Brown Deer-based water meter maker Badger Meter Inc.; and Milwaukee-based Rexnord Corp.’s plumbing products division, Zurn Industries LLC.Karen Frost, vice president of economic development at The Water Council, said it’s proprietary whether the companies and product developers have partnered on the inventions, but it’s not necessarily the case.“They had the opportunity to evaluate all of the applicants,” Frost said. “We’ve described the competition as like American Idol. There were two winners, but those two winners may or may not have a project or application with the companies.”“The number and quality of projects from the Tech Challenge has exceeded my expectations for the first year of the event,” said Fred Begale, vice president of engineering at Badger Meter, in a statement. “We have found a number of interesting projects that we are investigating further as potential augmentation projects to our R&D portfolio.”“The development of water technology is ever-expanding and quickly evolving to meet growing global needs,” said Dr. Robert Heideman, senior vice president and chief technology officer at A. O. Smith Corp., in a statement. “With The Water Council’s Tech Challenge, A. O. Smith is excited to connect and partner with innovative, out-of-the-box thinkers, researchers and startups to help bring their proposed ideas and solutions to life in day-to-day products.”“It was exciting to see the diversity of the Tech Challenge responses that identify new innovations related to detecting microbiological organisms or heavy metals,” said Glen Trickle, director of engineering at Zurn, in a statement. “These innovations will help us protect human health and the environment.” Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more

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The Good and the Terrifying Things at Black Hat 2016

first_img August 9, 2016 This story originally appeared on PCMag Enroll Now for $5 Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Add to Queue Max Eddy & Neil J. Rubenking Conferences Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brandcenter_img –shares 8 min read The Good and the Terrifying Things at Black Hat 2016 Contributors Black Hat is a gathering of security researchers, hackers and industry that meets in Las Vegas to do three things: outline the latest threats, show how the good guys and the bad guys can be defeated and launch attacks on the attendees. This year saw plenty of scary attacks, including one against show attendees, along with car hacks, new ways to steal cash from ATMs and why smart lightbulbs might not be as safe as we thought. But we also saw lots of reason to hope, like teaching machines to spot dangerous servers, using Dungeons and Dragons to train employees on handling security threats and how Apple handles the security of your iPhone. It was, all told, a pretty mind-bending year.The goodYes, Apple announced a bug bounty program at Black Hat. But that was just the last 10 minutes of a presentation by Ivan Krstic, Apple’s head of security engineering and architecture. During the preceding 40 minutes he offered an unprecedented deep dive into the ways Apple protects users’ devices and data, both from malefactors and from itself. And yes, it does involve using an honest-to-God blender. As Internet of Things devices become more and more popular, security professionals are becoming more and more concerned. These are, after all, devices with microcomputers connected to networks and fully capable of running code. That’s an attacker’s dream. The good news is, at least in the case of the Philip’s Hue system, creating a worm to jump from lightbulb to lightbulb is very difficult. The bad news? It’s apparently very simple to trick Hue systems into joining an attacker’s network.Every security training in every business include the admonition that employees should never click links in emails from unknown sources. And employees continue to be duped into clicking them regardless. Dr. Zinaida Benenson, from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, concluded that it’s simply not reasonable to expect employees to resist curiosity and other motivations. If you want them to be James Bond, you should put that in the job description and pay them accordingly.A lot of security research and execution can be mind-numbingly tedious, but new techniques in machine learning might soon lead to a safer Internet. Researchers detailed their efforts at teaching machines to identify botnet command and control servers, which allow the bad guys to control hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of infected computers. The tool could help keep a lid on such nefarious activity, but it wasn’t all heavy research. To conclude their session, researchers demonstrated how machine learning systems could be used to generate a passable Taylor Swift song.The who-knows hotel network may be fine for a pet supply conference, but not for Black Hat. The conference has its own entirely separate network and an impressive Network Operations Center to manage it. Visitors can peer in through the glass wall at the many glowing screens, hacker movies and long-term security experts in the NOC, which gets packed up in its entirety and moved around the world to the next Black Hat conference.IT security wonks and white-hat hackers just can’t get enough of security trainings, but they’re not the ones that really need them. The sales staff, HR team, and call center crew don’t necessarily understand or appreciate security trainings, and yet you really need them to step up their security game. Researcher Tiphaine Romand Latapie suggested reworking security training as a role-playing game. She found that it totally worked, and produced significant new engagement between the security team and the rest of the staff. Dungeons and dragons, anyone?Scam phone call are a huge problem. IRS scams convince unsuspecting Americans to fork over cash. Password reset scams trick call centers into giving away customer data. Professor Judith Tabron, a forensic linguist analyzed real scam calls and devised a two-part test to help you spot them. Read this and learn, OK? It’s a simple and worthwhile technique.The frighteningPwnie Express builds devices that monitor network airspace for anything untoward, and it’s a good thing, too, because the company discovered a massive Man-in-the-Middle attack at Black Hat this year. In this case, a malicious access point changed its SSID in order to fool phones and devices into joining the network, thinking it to be a safe, friendly network the device had seen before. In doing so, the attackers tricked some 35,000 people. While it’s great that the company was able to spot the attack, the fact that it was so massive is a reminder of how successful these attacks can be.Last year, Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek presented what many assumed was the pinnacle of their car hacking careers. They returned this year with even more daring attacks, ones that are able to apply the brakes or nab control of the steering wheel when the car is moving at any speed. Previous attacks could only be carried out when the car is traveling at 5Mph or lower. These new attacks could pose great risk to drivers, and will hopefully be swiftly patched by auto manufacturers. For their part, Valasek and Miller said they’re done hacking cars, but encouraged others to follow in their footsteps.If you watch Mr. Robot, you know that it’s possible to infect a victim’s computer by strewing USB drives around the parking lot. But does it really work? Elie Bursztein, anti-fraud and abuse research lead at Google, presented a two-part talk on the subject. The first part detailed a study that clearly showed it does work (and parking lots are better than hallways). The second part explained, in great detail, exactly how to build a USB drive that would totally take over any computer. Did you take notes?Drones were a hot item last holiday shopping season, and maybe not just for geeks. A presentation showed how the DJI Phantom 4 could be used to jam industrial wireless networks, spy on employees, and worse. The trick is that many critical, industrial sites use what’s called an “air gap” to protect sensitive computers. Basically, these are networks and devices that are isolated from the outside Internet. But small, maneuverable drones can bring the Internet to them instead.Machine learning is on the cusp of revolutionizing numerous tech industries, and that includes scammers. Researchers at Black Hat demonstrated how machines could also be taught to produce highly effective spear phishing messages. Their tool determines high-value targets, and then scours the victim’s tweets in order to craft a message that’s both relevant and irresistibly clickable. The team didn’t spread anything malicious with their spam bot, but it’s not hard to imagine scammers adopting these techniques.You expect free Wi-Fi in a hotel, and you may be savvy enough to realize it’s not necessarily secure. But an Airbnb or other short-term rental, security can potentially have the worst security ever. Why? Because guests before you had physical access to the router, meaning they could totally own it. Jeremy Galloway’s talk detailed what a hacker can do (it’s bad!), what you can do to stay safe, and what the property owner can do to deter such attacks. It’s a problem that’s not going away.In one of the most comprehensive talks at Black Hat, Rapid7’s Senior Pentester Weton Hecker demonstrated what might be a new model for fraud. His vision includes a massive network of compromised ATMs, point of sale machines (like in the grocery store) and gas pumps. These could steal victim’s payment information in real-time and then quickly enter them with the help of a motorized PIN-pushing device. The talk ended with an ATM spewing cash, and a vision of the future where scammers buy not individuals’ credit card information, but access to a massive real-time network of payment scams. That wasn’t the only presentation at Black Hat to detail attacks on payment systems. Another group of researchers showed off how, with a Raspberry Pi and a little effort, they were able to intercept oodles of personal information from chip card transactions. That’s particularly notable not only because chip cards (AKA EMV cards) are considered more secure than magswipe cards, but because the US has just begun rolling out chip cards domestically.Next year will bring new research, new hacks and new attacks. But Black Hat 2016 has set the tone for the year, showing that a hacker’s work (whether white- or black-hatted) is never really done. Now if you’ll excuse us, we’re going to shred our credit cards and go off to live in a Faraday Cage in the woods. Next Article last_img read more

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Silence Instagram Trolls With Keyword Filters

first_img Instagram today introduced a new comment-moderation tool.”We’re taking the next step to ensure Instagram remains a positive place to express yourself,” CEO Kevin Systrom wrote in a blog announcement. The photo-sharing service boasts a diverse community. But on social media, as in life, not everyone gets along. “To empower each individual, we need to promote a culture where everyone feels safe to be themselves without criticism or harassment,” Systrom said.So, Instagram is rolling out to all users a keyword-moderation tool. Simply tap the gear icon in your profile and look for “Comments” — under the Settings header, between “Mobile Data Use” and the option to save original photos).The feature lets anyone create a personalized list of words you consider offensive or inappropriate — whether it’s racial slurs, obscenity or just “Justin Bieber.” Users can build their own list or help themselves to the default words provided. Moving forward, comments featuring those words and phrases will be hidden from your posts, saving you the hassle of swiping to delete, reporting inappropriate comments and blocking accounts.”We know tools aren’t the only solution for this complex problem, but together we can work towards keeping Instagram a safe place for self-expression,” Systrom said.This week’s adjustments, he added, are not only his “personal wish,” but also “our responsibility as a company.”Over the summer, Instagram teased a new content-specific filtering feature that let users flip comments on and off on a per-post basis.Rival Twitter has faced backlash over its inability to effectively crack down on trolls and hateful comments. Last month it introduced two new features aimed at giving users more control: a new “quality filter” option to your notification settings that, when enabled, prevents you from seeing “lower-quality content”; and anotherthat will limit alerts to only people you follow. Silence Instagram Trolls With Keyword Filters Next Article All users can now blacklist specific words and phrases to ensure they will not appear in comments. September 13, 2016 Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Image credit: Shutterstock Add to Queue 2 min readcenter_img –shares Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Register Now » Instagram This story originally appeared on PCMag Stephanie Mlot Reporter at PCMaglast_img read more

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Video Conferencing Equipment Supplier IVCi Lists and Explains How Small Businesses Can

first_imgVideo Conferencing Equipment Supplier, IVCi, Lists and Explains How Small Businesses Can Benefit from Video Conferencing PRNewswireApril 30, 2019, 6:05 pmApril 30, 2019 Video conferencing is being rapidly adopted by businesses of all industries in place of voice conferencing, and for good reason. Small businesses stand to benefit the most from video conferencing because of its productivity and profit benefits.Video conferencing equipment supplier, IVCi, lists and explains how small businesses can benefit from video conferencing.Save money. Small businesses can use video conferencing to save money on the expenses associated with traditional in-person meetings. It also saves time for tasks like interviewing applicants and potential employees, which is a more efficient use of the company’s resources.Reduce travel costs. Video conferencing replicates in-person conversation without either party having to travel. Small businesses do not have the luxury of allocating large budgets to flying around the world for meetings, yet do not want to sacrifice the impact of face-to-face conversation. Video conferencing is the perfect way to eliminate travel costs while preserving the impact of an interaction.Marketing Technology News: SAP to Fund Internal Collaboration Startup Ruum With €10 MillionFoster teamwork. It’s becoming more and more common for small businesses to have employees work remotely. A major challenge with remote work is teamwork and communication. Video conferencing takes the place of in-person meetings and gives employees a platform to discuss projects and connect with each other.Improve communication and client connections. It is difficult to make a real connection with clients when communicating only by email or phone. Factors like body language and expressions make a big difference in how information is perceived. It also helps keep communication consistent, since video conferencing is fits much more easily into a busy schedule than in-person meetings.Increase productivity. Video conferencing saves a lot of time between reduced traveling, ease of scheduling, and improved collaboration. These factors combine to improve productivity all around. Time is one of the most valuable resources in any company, so saving it wherever you can makes a big difference.Marketing Technology News: Edge by Ascential Expands Ecommerce Features to Optimize Digital Shelf PerformanceVideo conferencing has transformed the way people communicate with colleagues, clients, potential employees, and the world.Marketing Technology News: Timothy Leonard Joins Kleinschmidt as Senior Vice President of Business Innovation Foster teamworkIncrease productivityIVCiMarketing Technology NewsNewsReduce travel costsvoice conferencing Previous ArticleeSentire Report: Volume of UK Cyber Attacks Increased by Over 140 Percent in 2018Next ArticleDirectLync Shakes Up Small Business Marketing with New Digital Marketing Platformlast_img read more

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Dynata Organizes for Future Growth

first_imgDynata Organizes for Future Growth PRNewswireMay 24, 2019, 1:36 pmMay 24, 2019 Newly Created Unit Accelerates Product Innovation and Development of First-Party Data Solutions for Marketing Services, and Operational Realignment Strengthens Customer ExperienceDynata, a global leader in first-party data and data services, is pleased to announce that it has aligned the company to provide greater value to customers, partners, and stakeholders. Dynata’s recent strategic mergers and acquisitions, new brand identity, and organizational realignment, have established the scale and capabilities necessary to become the world’s largest and most reliable permission-based, first-party data provider.Dynata SolutionsData-driven marketers and advertisers understand that first-party data adds enormous value across marketing channels, digital and offline, as they make business decisions on a global, enterprise scale. To expand its first-party data throughout the marketing services continuum, including media, advertising, CRM, and activation, as well as to accelerate innovation within its current portfolio of global products, the company has established a new unit named Dynata Solutions.Hugh Davis, former Co-Founder of Reimagine Holdings Group, recently acquired by Dynata, will lead the new unit, as President, Dynata Solutions. Davis will drive the business strategy and development of a comprehensive array of first-party data solutions, incorporating the benefits of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning to create robust automated and self-service data solutions.Marketing Technology News: MRC Continues DoubleVerify’s Accreditation for Desktop, Mobile Web & In-App Impressions, SIVT Traffic Filtration & ViewabilityCustomer ExperienceIn the Americas region, Dynata has realigned its sales and operational units into a new, integrated structure designed to provide an enhanced customer experience and deliver long-term growth. The holistic customer service approach is more closely aligned with customer needs and reflects Dynata’s increased focus on supporting its customers with a world-class experience.Keith Price, former Co-Founder of Reimagine, has been named President, Customer Experience, Americas and will lead Dynata’s efforts to create and implement a best-in-class customer experience for its customers in the Americas. This includes consistent delivery of high-quality data, modern data analysis technology, and seamless delivery of insights to empower customers to make quicker, more informed business decisions for better results.Marketing Technology News: Marking GDPR Anniversary, nCipher Survey Reveals Americans’ Data Privacy Attitudes“With the scale that has been created from the Research Now/SSI merger, in addition to the added capabilities from the recent Reimagine acquisition, we are strategically positioned for future growth,” said Gary S. Laben, CEO, Dynata. “The creation of Dynata Solutions will accelerate product innovation to meet the data-centric marketing needs of our clients, and greater alignment around our customers in the Americas will enable us to improve execution and increase efficiency for their businesses.”Marketing Technology News: Teleperformance Groups ‘Praxidia Knowledge Services’ partners with CallMiner to launch TP Interact – a Comprehensive Interaction Analytics Solution Acquisitioncrmcustomer experienceDynataMarketing TechnologyNewsReimagine Previous ArticleIo-Tahoe Integrates with OneTrust and Joins Data Discovery Partner ProgramNext ArticleEmployee Mistakes #1 Threat to Data Security in Hong Kong and Taiwan; Cloud Adoption Driving Encryption Says Ncipherlast_img read more

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Lower heart rate variability linked to autonomic manifestations of stress in newborns

first_img Source:https://childrensnational.org/ They correlated the relationship between heart rate variability for 68 infants during at least one of these time periods with the stress z-score from the NICU Network Neurobehavioral Scale. The scale is a standardized assessment of newborn’s neurobehavioral integrity. The stress summary score indicates a newborn’s overall stress response, and six test items specifically relate to autonomic function.”Alpha exponent and root mean square in short timescales, root mean square in long timescales, as well as low and high frequency powers positively correlated with stress scores and, even after adjusting for covariates, remained independently associated at 24 hours,” says Allie Townsend, the study’s lead author.Pediatric Academic Societies 2019 Annual Meeting presentation”Heart rate variability (HRV) measures of autonomic nervous system (ANS) function relates to neonatal neurobehavioral manifestations of stress in newborn with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE).” Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 27 2019In newborns with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), lower heart rate variability correlates with autonomic manifestations of stress shortly after birth, underscoring the value of this biomarker, according to Children’s research presented during the Pediatric Academic Societies 2019 Annual Meeting.Tethered to an array of machines that keep their bodies nourished, warm and alive, newborns with health issues can’t speak. But Children’s research teams are tapping into what the machinery itself says, looking for insights into which vulnerable infants are most in need of earlier intervention.”Heart rate variability – or the variation between heartbeats – is a sign of health. Our autonomic nervous system constantly sends signals to adjust our heart rate under normal conditions. We can measure heart rate variability non-invasively, providing a way to detect potential problems with the autonomic nervous system as a sensitive marker of health in critically ill newborns,” says An N. Massaro, M.D., co-Director of Research for the Division of Neonatology at Children’s National, and the study’s senior author. “We’re looking for validated markers of brain injury in babies with HIE, and our study helps to support heart rate variability as one such valuable physiological biomarker.”In most newborns, the autonomic nervous system reliably and automatically receives information about the body and the outside world and, in response, controls essential functions like blood pressure, body temperature, how quickly the baby breathes and how rapidly the newborn’s heart beats. The sympathetic part stimulates body processes, while the parasympathetic part inhibits body processes. When the nervous system’s internal auto-pilot falters, babies can suffer.The Children’s team enrolled infants with HIE in the prospective, observational study. (HIE is brain damage that occurs with full-term babies who experience insufficient blood and oxygen flow to the brain around the time they are born.) Fifteen percent had severe encephalopathy. Mean age of babies in the observational study was 38.9 weeks gestation. Their median Apgar score at five minutes was 3; the 0-9 Apgar range indicates how ready newborns are for the rigors of life outside the womb.Related StoriesImplanted device uses microcurrent to exercise heart muscle in cardiomyopathy patientsRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaCancer incidence among children and young adults with congenital heart diseaseThe team analyzed heart rate variability metrics for three time periods:center_img The first 24 to 27 hours of life The first three hours after babies undergoing therapeutic cooling were rewarmed and The first three hours after babies’ body temperature had returned to normal.last_img read more

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Psychiatric diagnoses deemed scientifically meaningless by experts

first_imgThis study provides yet more evidence that the biomedical diagnostic approach in psychiatry is not fit for purpose. Diagnoses frequently and uncritically reported as ‘real illnesses’ are in fact made on the basis of internally inconsistent, confused and contradictory patterns of largely arbitrary criteria. The diagnostic system wrongly assumes that all distress results from disorder and relies heavily on subjective judgements about what is normal.”Professor Peter Kindermann, University of Liverpool Perhaps it is time we stop pretending that medical-sounding labels contribute anything to our understanding of the complex causes of human distress or of what kind of help we need when distressed.” By Lois Zoppi, BAJul 10 2019Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)A new study published in Psychiatry Research has stated that psychiatric diagnoses are “scientifically meaningless”. Led by researchers from the University of Liverpool, the study analyzed five chapters from the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) on schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, and trauma-related disorders. Related StoriesTAU’s new Translational Medical Research Center acquires MILabs’ VECTor PET/SPECT/CTDrinking Matcha tea may reduce anxious behavior, research showsResearchers explain how ‘viral’ agents of neurological diseases ended up in our DNA When analyzing the perspective from which a person’s distress is assessed, the researchers found that the DSM favored the perspective of the clinician over the perspective of the patients themselves. When comparing the DSM—IV-TR and the DSM-5, they found that the DSM-5 criteria on social anxiety relied on the clinician’s perspective. The researchers note:“Represented within this shift towards the perspective of the observer is an assumption about insight and the capacity to self-report […] However, this assumption is not explicitly states in the diagnoses, and therefore reinforces the fallacious assumption that all people experiencing mental health problems tend to ‘lack insight’”.Lead researcher Dr. Kate Allsopp from the University of Liverpool said:“Although diagnostic labels create the illusion of an explanation they are scientifically meaningless and can create stigma and prejudice. I hope these findings will encourage mental health professionals to think beyond diagnoses and consider other explanations of mental distress, such as trauma and other adverse life experiences.”The study concludes by suggesting, “A pragmatic approach to psychiatric assessment, allowing for recognition of individual experience, may […] be a more effective way of understanding distress than maintaining a commitment to a disingenuous categorical system.”In further criticism of diagnostic labeling, Professor John Read, from the University of East London, said:center_img Jolygon/ShutterstockThe Diagnostic and Statistical Manual offers mental health professionals diagnostic language to be used across services in order to provide a complete list of mental health conditions and the symptoms that characterize them.The study, which is widely critical of the DSM’s oversight of the role of trauma in mental distress in particular, says the Manual implies that trauma only affects a “limited number of diagnoses, despite increasing evidence to the contrary”. It also states that individual experiences that may be contributing to a person’s distress may be “obscured” by the diagnostic criteria.As trauma is only featured in one dedicated chapter, the Manual implies that trauma does not play a part in other mental health diagnoses. The researchers found that, problematically, personal experiences in this chapter on trauma-related disorders are seen as symptomatic of a disordered or inappropriate response to that trauma.DSM-5 is ‘not fit for purpose’There is mounting evidence demonstrating that trauma is involved in the development of a number of mental health conditions and symptoms. The study notes that labelling distress as abnormal may trigger more distress in the patient.The DSM-5 does acknowledge that personal experiences do not always fit inside the boundaries of a specific mental health condition’s criteria, and the paper argues that this makes the Manual’s rules internally inconsistent.To add to this heterogeneity that the paper criticizes, the research team’s analysis also found a great deal of overlap in symptoms between diagnoses. Journal reference:Allsop, K., et al. (2019). Heterogeneity in psychiatric diagnostic classification. Psychiatry Research. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2019.07.005.last_img read more

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Diabetes drug can halve the risk of late miscarriage preterm births for

first_imgIn pregnant women with PCOS, treatment with metformin from the end of the first trimester may reduce the risk of late miscarriages and preterm births.”  Professor Eszter Vanky Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 24 2019Metformin can halve the risk of late miscarriage and preterm births for women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).PCOS occurs in 10 to 15 per cent of all women. The symptoms are irregular menstrual periods, increased levels of male sex hormones and small ovarian blisters. In addition, many women with PCOS are overweight. Women with PCOS also have an increased incidence of impaired fertility, miscarriages, gestational diabetes, premature births and pre-eclampsia. Professor Vanky leads the research group “Women’s Health – PCOS” at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)’s Department of Clinical and Molecular Medicine. An article in the Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology journal presents the results of nearly two decades of research from NTNU and St. Olavs hospital. Consultant Tone S. Løvvik is the first author, and the study is part of her doctoral work. Professor Sven M. Carlsen is co-supervisor.Related StoriesAMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapyObese patients with Type 1 diabetes could safely receive robotic pancreas transplant’Traffic light’ food labels associated with reduction in calories purchased by hospital employeesHowever, the research group surprisingly found no reduction of gestational diabetes among this cohort of women with PCOS.Examined 800 womenFrom 2000 to 2017, the research group carried out three controlled studies of nearly 800 pregnant women with PCOS. The studies were conducted at 15 hospitals in Norway, 4 hospitals in Sweden and one in Iceland. Half of the women were given metformin (2000 milligrams daily) from first trimester to delivery. The rest of the women were given a placebo.In addition to a lower risk of late miscarriage and preterm births, the researchers also found that the women who received metformin gained less weight during pregnancy.A higher level of male sex hormones is associated with several of the symptoms of PCOS. The causes of the condition are not known, but may be related to lifestyle, inheritance and intrauterine fetal life.The group found no effect on pre-eclampsia, pregnancy-induced high blood pressure or to what extent newborns of women with PCOS needed intensive care.No effect on diabetes”Perhaps the most remarkable finding was that metformin had no effect whatsoever on either the incidence or severity of gestational diabetes,” Vanky notes.Metformin is a well-known drug used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes, and in some countries regarded as equivalent to insulin as a first-line drug therapy for gestational diabetes.The three studies that form the basis of the conclusion were carried out according to Good Clinical Practice principles and will have an impact on the follow-up and treatment of pregnant women with PCOS and likely also of other pregnant women.Another part of the study followed up children of mothers with PCOS who used metformin, and a control group that was given a placebo. Source:The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)Journal reference:Løvvik, T.S. et al. (2019) Use of metformin to treat pregnant women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PregMet2): a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. doi.org/10.1016/S2213-8587(19)30002-6.last_img read more

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Tech sector frets as USChina trade tensions simmer

But Apple recently agreed to base its cloud storage for Chinese users in the country, saying it had to comply despite concerns over Beijing’s surveillance of citizens. And Airbnb said it would share customer data with the Chinese government as well.Data as fuelSusan Aaronson, a George Washington University professor of international affairs who specializes in digital trade, said that as American firms battle for supremacy in artificial intelligence, they are hungry for sources of data, including from China. Explore further As US-China trade tensions ratchet up, the technology sector is fretting over the potential for collateral damage to one of America’s most important export industries. Aaronson agreed that China has disadvantaged foreign firms but argued for a multilateral approach involving allies and global institutions “to move China toward more openness and the rule of law.”Secretly applauding?Tech industry analyst Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights & Strategy said that some in Silicon Valley “are secretly applauding” the move to shake up trade relations with China after years of frustrations.”Americans can’t own businesses in China, they have to set up a joint venture, which sometimes means you have to share intellectual property,” Moorhead said.”If you sell software, the Chinese government has to bless the source code. For hardware, you have to give very detailed schematic drawings. Some things have changed but some haven’t.”Moorhead noted that some Chinese firms such as computer giant Lenovo are expanding in the US, but that American firms are having a harder time in China.Still, Moorhead said he sees trade frictions increasing with some negative effects in the short run.”I see (tariff actions) moving to electronics and I see it tit-for-tat until it starts to get painful,” he said.”I could see a tariffs on (US imports of) iPhones, and China could put tariffs on components going into the iPhone. I think it’s going to get worse before it gets better.” German carmakers worst hit by China tariffs: study Some analysts fear that consumer technology may be dragged into a growing trade dispute between the United States and China Citation: Tech sector frets as US-China trade tensions simmer (2018, April 8) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-tech-sector-frets-us-china-tensions.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. With US-China trade tensions running high, critics of Beijing’s policies say American tech firms face more restrictions in the Chinese market than their Chinese counterparts in the US “In almost everything the US produces the key source of value is data,” Aaronson said.She wrote in a recent research paper that China “uses the lure of its large population, relatively low and poorly enforced privacy regulations, and subsidies to encourage foreign companies to carry out AI research in China.”Her paper argued that American trading partners “need to encourage the data flows that power AI while simultaneously protecting citizens from misuse or unethical use of algorithms.”Some analysts say the Trump administration has correctly identified some of Beijing’s unfair trade policies but that tariffs may be counterproductive.”China uses mercantile practices and the Trump administration is right to contest those actions, but there are many reasons the tariff approach is not the right one,” said Stephen Ezell, vice president for global innovation policy at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a technology-focused think tank.With tariffs, he said, “US consumers and businesses will pay more in the long term. We need to take on China but we shouldn’t be penalizing ourselves in the process.” © 2018 AFP Apple recently agreed to abide by Chinese cloud data regulations despite concerns over surveillance of the population The tech industry is not directly affected by the new tariffs unveiled by the Trump administration which aim to target Beijing for unfair trade practices failure to protect intellectual property.But some industry leaders fear tech will be dragged into the dispute, with the potential to impact the estimated $3 trillion industry in which the US and China are key players.”As trade wars escalate, they are not controllable, they are not predictable,” said Ed Black, president and chief executive of the Computer & Communications Industry Association, which represents major tech firms such as Amazon, Facebook, Google and Netflix.”There is always collateral damage.”Black said the US administration “correctly identified some of the problems” with trade involving China but “missed all the problems of internet companies doing business in China.” Black said the tech industry understands the need to confront China over trade barriers and other practices, but that Washington’s efforts to go alone could “weaken the international trading system.”The relationship of US tech firms with China has long been complicated by concerns about censorship, labor and human rights and the potential for stealing trade secrets.Google shut down its search engine for China in 2010 after it found accounts of Chinese human rights activists hacked and some US-based online platforms are banned by Beijing. read more

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Suedzucker CEO still sees no turnaround in tough market

first_imgFILE PHOTO: A company logo of Suedzucker Group is pictured at the headquarters in Mannheim, Germany March 12, 2019. REUTERS/Ralph OrlowskiHAMBURG (Reuters) – The CEO of Suedzucker (SZUG.DE), Europe’s largest sugar refiner, said on Thursday that trading conditions remained intensely difficult with low sugar prices and no turnaround likely for the company’s current financial year. “Our group forecast for the current financial year still shows no visible turnaround,” CEO Wolfgang Heer told the annual meeting of Suedzucker shareholders. He added: “Sugar prices remain at a low level which does not cover costs.” He said in an advance release of his speech that the company’s restructuring plan in its sugar sector, which includes closures of sugar factories in Germany, France and Poland, is on schedule. But the first financial benefits will be seen in the second half of the company’s 2020/21 financial year. Reporting by Michael Hogan; Editing by Michelle MartinOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.last_img read more

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Lifeline for Rohingya children

first_img Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} “Unfortunately, we could not meet their requirement back then, which was to have a minimum of 25 pupils aged over five years,” he said.“We tried to get help from several non-governmental organisations but to no avail,” he added. Mohammad Hassan said they had to raise funds to start the school themselves.“We have had to close the school twice due to lack of funds. The Darul Hedayah Rohingya Academy has 39 pupils aged between four and 13. — Photos: RONNIE CHIN/The Star Mohammad Hassan says they had to close down the school twice due to lack of funds. “Luckily, things got better when I was made a coordinator to conduct refugee mental health assessment under the Australian Refugee Health Programme,” said Mohammad Hassan, adding 39 pupils aged between four and 13 were currently studying in the school.“The children learn Bahasa Malaysia, English, Mathematics, History and Islamic Studies,” he said, adding that there are eight volunteers teaching the children for free.A local university has provided funds to buy teaching materials so that lessons can be carried out more effectively at the academy.A volunteer, Hasnizah Jalaluddin, 57, began teaching the children about three years ago.The former teacher said teaching the children might be challenging but it was also rewarding.“It is not as easy as teaching Malaysian children but they are quick learners,” said Hasnizah, who teaches English and Mathematics. Rohingya children learning to read and write at the academy. “Some of my friends who are also teachers plan to volunteer here once they retire,” she added. Faruk Abdul Rashid, 11, felt lucky to be able to learn at the school.“My favourite subject is English because during class, we get to sing. I am happy to be able to read and speak in English.“When I grow up, I want to return home and become a policeman. I want to protect my family and my people,” he added.Muhammad Miran Abdul Razak, 12, said he did not know if he would return to Myanmar.“I was born in Malaysia and cannot speak my native language. My family and I used to live in Penang but my mother sent me here. “I’m happy to be with my friends here as we can learn and play together,” he added. Tags / Keywords: Children listening attentively to Hasnizah as Mohammad Hassan looks on. Metro News 08 Jul 2019 Why English is important Golf 08 Jul 2019 Two to win it: Winnie clinches Selangor Amateur title after playoff hole Central Region , Rohingya Related News “I realised many of them could not read or write. As there was an acute need, my friends and I decided to start a school for the children,” he added.Mohammad Hassan said getting funds to set up the school was not easy.“We went to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to seek financial help. A GROUP of Rohingya refugees have come together to set up a school for children from the community.The Darul Hedayah Rohingya Academy, which is located on the first floor of a shoplot near Jalan Lahat, Ipoh, was set up five years ago.Rohingya Association Perak branch chairman Mohammad Hassan Miya Huson, 36, said the academy is providing a lifeline to young children.“I have been living in Ipoh for almost 12 years. When I first arrived, there were only Rohingya adults but now many children are living here,” he said. Nation 09 Jul 2019 Ahmad Suadi is Ipoh’s new mayorlast_img read more

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